Taree and District Eisteddfod celebrates its 50th anniversary

Keely Robinson and Cody Clayton kick-up their heals.
Keely Robinson and Cody Clayton kick-up their heals.

Wear something gold is the theme for this year's Taree and District Eisteddfod grand concerts.

Celebrating its 50th birthday, the anniversary event will be held on Saturday, June 17 at the Manning Entertainment Centre.

The two concerts will feature some of the best performances from the six sections of this year's  competition – vocal, piano, drama, instrumental and bands, choirs, dance.

Several performers from the Great Lakes area have been invited to perform, including vocal -Trevor Cooper, piano - Morgan Gao, Antonia Amato, and Gillian Herbert, dance - Keely Robinson and Cody Clayton with a Bollywood duo, and Tayla Jones, flute - Cooper Twemlow, guitar - Keegan Gibson. singer Irena Cashman and dance elite group were also invited but cannot perform due to participation in the Sydney Eisteddfod that weekend.

As well as being invited as a winner in his section this year, Keegan Gibson is also one of five special guest artists appearing to celebrate the golden anniversary as they have won the major scholarship (the Roma Liggins Scholarship) in past years.  

Keegan won this last year.

He is in Year 11 at Great Lakes College and does as many gigs as he can fit in around his studies.

He, along with four of the other special guests, will perform in both afternoon and evening concerts.

Local guitarist Gary Smith is his proud teacher.

Three of the other special guests, Andrew Chubb, piano, Nyssa Milligan, singer and Kye Maurer, dancer are now adult professionals in their fields.

The fifth guest is Gloucester Primary School Choir whic has consistently won their section in the song and movement section in the choir competition.

The concerts will be held at 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are adults $24, pensioners $22, children under-18 $12, and can be purchased at Stockland Forster Information desk, online at www.themec.com, or by phoning the Manning Entertainment Centre on 65925466.